Craig Mitchell was certainly a lucky man when his stunning bride Aimee O’Connor walked down the aisle.
Craig, 31, and 27-year-old Aimee were married at Craigsanquhar House Hotel on May 12 after six years together.
The pair became a couple early in 2012 after years of friendship.
All it took was a chat in the Aboukir Pub in Carnoustie for team manager Craig to realise that Aimee was more than the party girl he had assumed she was.
Following event sales manager Aimee’s 21st birthday celebrations at the end of January that year, Craig picked her up from the students’ union in Dundee and took her to his parents’ house in Monikie.
Rather than one night together, Aimee stayed for the next three days.
Craig’s parents were on holiday and with snow covering the streets, the newly-formed pair spent the following few days cosied up watching films and going for walks round the park – with Aimee borrowing now mother-in-law Tina’s hiking boots.
Two weeks later came the couple’s first official date on Valentine’s Day and it was that night after a trip to the cinema they became boyfriend and girlfriend.
Three years later, Craig plucked up the courage to ask permission from Aimee’s parents to pop the question.
On the final day of a four-day trip to Italy, Craig attempted to find the perfect spot to get down on one knee.
He thought he had found it while walking in the town of Sirmione taking in views of Lake Garda. However, it wasn’t to be as while he rummaged in his bag to find the ring, he was interrupted by a group of German tourists.
With the mood killed, they went to the beach, but after sunbathing for just 10 minutes, Craig said they should go back to the hotel because he was too hot.
He chose the balcony of their room which overlooked the lake to ask Aimee to become his wife.
Aimee couldn’t even answer and instead simply burst into tears of happiness.
After careful planning by the couple, the morning of the wedding arrived and the sun was shining.
Aimee said: “When I woke up and saw the sun I was so happy that I was getting my outdoor wedding.
“It made the photos taken by Burfly Photography from the day look really green and beautiful.
“We had a flower wall created by Celebre which was stunning and it would have been a beautiful backdrop for the ceremony too.”
The bride was accompanied down the aisle by stepdad Graham and the ceremony conducted by humanist Neil Anderson was the highlight of the day.
“We made sure that the ceremony wasn’t boring and it was very personal,” said Aimee.
“Neil was absolutely incredible and delivered our story in a fun way.
“The night-time reception was brilliant but the day-time was our highlight.”
The pair took to the floor to have their first dance as a married couple to The Verve’s hit song Lucky Man, which was performed by band Paper Tiger.
Craig and Aimee would like to thank their wedding planners Katy and Fiona, videographers I Do, bridal shop Annarose and all their family and friends.
Aimee added: “I wouldn’t change a thing about my wedding. It was perfect.”